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New members guide - Welcome to the forums!

EA_MaiEA_Mai Posts: 1,800 EA Staff (retired)
edited July 11 in Forum Ideas & Feedback
Hello – or as we say here on the Sims forum: sul sul!

So, you did it! You signed in and you are a new member now – and we are happy to see you join our Sims community here on this EA Forum!

We all know what it’s like: being new anywhere usually comes with plenty of questions and everything can seem a bit scary and overwhelming.
But don’t worry! We are a community and are there for each other. That means you don't need to find the answers alone!

To help you get started, we have compiled a list of guides and FAQs below. Dive right in - what do you want to learn about first?
  1. Intro to forums - Start here if you are not sure what 'forums' are
  2. Forums rules and guidelines - If we want this space to be fun and safe for everyone, there are a few rules that we all have to follow. Go here to find out about the Dos and Don’ts of our forum.
  3. Forums structure - This section will help you to find out where to post what
  4. New member vs Member - You are new here and don’t have certain functions? Don’t panic, just check out this section to find out when you can do what on this forum like starting a discussion
  5. Activity page (WIP)

These topics should cover the basics and help you get started on the forums. Once you become a 'Member' and are ready to learn more, I recommend you to explore the rest of tools and options of the forums. ;)
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  • EA_MaiEA_Mai Posts: 1,800 EA Staff (retired)
    edited July 11
    INTRO TO FORUMS - WHAT ARE 'FORUMS' BTW?

    Forums are a special kind of website designed for people to discuss and share experiences about a specific topic. In this case, we all are here to talk about The Sims - so I hope you are interested in the game ;)

    In order to participate in any forum and the conversations within it, you need to have an account. Here on The Sims Forums, all you need to do to create your forums account is signing in using your EA Account (the same you use to play your game on Origin). The first time you sign in, you will be asked to choose your username. This is the name other people on the forums will know you as - take your time to pick a name you like!

    People on the forums who have an account (forum members) can create a discussion (also known as thread or topic) to start a conversation. Other members can join those discussions if they want to, and post their comments.

    Finally, forums and conversations within them are divided in categories, to keep things tidy. For example: if you are looking to discover houses for The Sims 4 created by the community, you would visit the 'The Sims 4 Lots' category.
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  • EA_MaiEA_Mai Posts: 1,800 EA Staff (retired)
    FORUM RULES AND GUIDELINES

    Any space you visit has some rules you are expected to follow when you are there. You wouldn't go to a restaurant and start jumping on top of a table, right?
    We have some rules here as well - please, take the time to familiarize yourself with The Sims Forum Rules and Guidelines.
  • EA_MaiEA_Mai Posts: 1,800 EA Staff (retired)
    edited July 8
    FORUMS STRUCTURE

    The forums are organized mainly by game (The Sims 4, The Sims Mobile, etc.), and inside each of these big categories, we have smaller sections for different topics, so you can visit one or another depending on what you want to find or talk about with your fellow Simmers.

    You can find an overview on the main page. For example, let's take a look here:

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    'Welcome to the forums', 'The Sims Franchise' and 'The Sims 4' are some of the 'big' categories we have. Inside them you can see other subcategories like 'Forum rules' and 'Forum announcements' that live inside 'Welcome to the forums'.

    This structure is important, as it helps keeping things organized and helps everyone find the kind of discussions we are looking for each time. Help us keep things tidy by taking the time to look for the best place to post your comments. If you are not sure or you have any questions about the forum, we have a space for you to ask as well! 'Forums ideas & feedback' is where we talk about the forums itself - that's where this discussion you are reading is located :)

    Oh! And one more thing: if you would like to see ALL the conversations going on on the forums in one single page check 'Recent Discussions' out.

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  • EA_MaiEA_Mai Posts: 1,800 EA Staff (retired)
    edited July 11
    NEW MEMBER VS MEMBER

    When you first join the forums you will be a 'New member'. With time, as you start to get familiar with the forums and participate around here, and we get to know you a little bit, you will become a 'Member'.

    Forum features not available to New Members
    As a 'New member', there are some forum features that will be restricted. New members:
    • Cannot create new discussions/threads
    • Cannot start new Private Message conversations
    • Can only post in plain text - no links, images, quotes etc.
    • Cannot have an avatar
    • Cannot have a signature
    • Cannot edit any posts (including your own)

    Criteria to become a Member
    Once you meet the following criteria, you will become a 'Member' and you will get access to all the standard forum permissions:
    • Get 25 points
    • Make 15 posts/comments
    • Must be a New Member for 1 day

    And how do you get points? When you receive badges for participating on the forums, or other members react to your comments with a 'Like', 'Awesome' or 'Insightful' reaction, you will get points. You can see how many points you have from your profile page. Look at the grey section under the Badges on the left column:
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    Some advice
    • If you are not sure where to start, this introductions thread is great for your first post!
    • Search for discussions that you would like to participate in, but be careful not to resurrect a thread that is ancient! This is called necro posting and is against the Forum Rules (more detail in here).
    • Off Topic section has some fun long running threads that can help with post count! But don't spam - be mindful of the ongoing discussion/game and respond appropriately.
    • Forum Feedback & Ideas section has some wonderful threads where experienced and kind members are helping newer folks find their way in the forums.
    • If you are looking for technical help with The Sims 4 or would like to report a bug, open a new topic here- that's where The Sims 4 Help Center is hosted, and the restriction for opening new threads doesn't apply there.
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  • EA_MaiEA_Mai Posts: 1,800 EA Staff (retired)
    edited July 11
    - Space reserved -
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  • EA_MaiEA_Mai Posts: 1,800 EA Staff (retired)
    - Space reserved -
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